First they came for the beaches, followed by the yoga. Then, savvy travellers around the globe descended upon Tulum, Mexico for the food – wood-fired cooking in the jungle that defied not only expectation, but also logic; many of the area’s restaurants lie off the power grid and rely entirely on modest generators and solar power.
This June, food-obsessed travellers can get a front row seat to see exactly how the masters of the Rivera Maya do it. Boutique hotel Casa de las Olas is hosting an Eat Retreat – a five-night foodie adventure that includes a suite, daily meals and the opportunity to not only break bread (or tortilla) with some of Tulum’s hottest chefs, but the chance to learn from them, too.
The retreat features a cooking class with Eric Werner and Jamie Klotz of Hartwood, a restaurant that has been written about in every reputable food publication yet that has only one kitchen appliance (a blender), as well as a lesson with Claudia Perez Rivas of Cetli, where the mole sauces alone would make a swim across the Atlantic worthwile, let alone the 90-minute drive down from Cancún International Airport.
Also on the agenda: a mezcal tasting, cenote and cave exploration, and a private tour of ancient canals with a local ornithologist (because when’s the last time you did that between meals?). The retreat takes place 1-6 June 2017 and comes with a warning: may cause intense urges to flee daily life and set up a restaurant of your own in paradise.